X-RARE NW Coast Shaman's Eel Totem Pipe 1800s Suquamish, Bainbridge Island, WA For Sale
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X-RARE NW Coast Shaman's Eel Totem Pipe 1800s Suquamish, Bainbridge Island, WA :
X-RARE Native American Shaman’s Ceremonial Pipe
Pacific Northwest: Washington State
Shaman’s Totem “Wolf Eel” Pipe
Suquamish Tribe/Puget Sound/Salish Sea
Find Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
I certify that this Native American Pipe was reportedly traded for on Bainbridge Island, WA, with the owner's permission in the 1800s and has been in the family’s private collection for over 100 years.
Suquamish Tribe Wolf Eel Pipe used by Shaman
Estimated Date: 1750—1850
Find Location: Northwest Coast, USA, BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA, 19th Century Find
This incredible Suquamish Pipe has the powerful Northwest
Coast Shaman’s is made of pottery in the shape of a monster eel-like fish called
a “Wolf Eel.”
The Suquamish believed that only shaman healers could feast on and worship the Wolf Eel as a totem, thus we know this pipe was almost certainly made for and used by a Native American shaman.
Animal figures like this large fish pottery made the pipe itself come alive with protective powers (totem or amulet) against evil spirits who were thought to dwell everywhere. The fierce, sinuous body of the fish was purposefully carved to protect and empower the Shaman who used this pipe to help establish communion with his spirit helpers and to protect himself during his trance from evil spirits like the Land Otter. It is a very powerful and spiritual piece!
The eel-like Wolf Eel was mysterious, intuitive and is the epitome of transformation. Pacific NW Shaman would transform themselves with the help of the eel totem to fight off evil spirits like the Land Otter.
Pipes were a very important piece of shamanic equipment along the entire Northwest Coast. The rising smoke was thought to be essential for a shaman to attract spirits to the séances and safely carry his spirit to other worlds and back to earth. Wherever it was used, a supernatural presence was thought to be in attendance.
This 19th century Shaman’s Wolf Eel Pipe is EXTREMELY RARE and only a few are known to exist in Native American museums and fine private collections. This is your chance to own such a treasure.
Estimated appraised sale value for this EXTREMELY RARE, Suquamish Wolf Eel pipe with provenance to the Suquamish Shaman People living on Bainbridge Island, WA, is $125,000--$150,000!
Prior to that, it was part of a very old Pacific Northwestern collection of artifacts from the Puget Sound area. The entire estate collection was obtained decades ago from the late Mrs. Henrietta Swanson’s relatives, whose family had early Seattle / island connections. Her descendants stated that the original collector had told Mrs. Swanson that their great grandfather acquired it in a trade on Bainbridge island around the late 1890s. The style and the patina suggests that it was made decades or perhaps a century before. A very early and RARE fired pottery artifact from the pre-white settler indigenous population of the island/region.
Shaman in the Pacific NW
Shamans were thought to abandon their physical bodies when traveling to the spirit world in a possessed state. At such times, their bodies were said to become transparent so that the inner organs and skeletal structure were made visible. Shaman would often spend much of their lives living in isolated huts away from the villages, where they shunned the company of other people. When their presence in the village was required to perform a cure or other ritual, they donned special garments and masks as a means of establishing contacts with their spirit helpers.
- It was a Shaman's job to cure the sick, to ensure that there was adequate food, and to influence the weather. The belief was that they had the power to do all those things through an ability to communicate with the spirit world.
- Both men and women could have been Shamans, however, they were most often men.
- When someone took ill, it was believed to be an intervention by the spirit world, or a loss of the person's soul. Shamans were the only people who communicated directly with the spirits, so they were the only ones who could cure the sick.
- Shamans wore:
- Bearskin robes
- Skin drums
- Masks (on some occasions)
- Shamans used their rattles to summon up powers from the spirit world. Then they went into a trance, communicating directly with the spirits, asking them to cure the ill person.
- Shamans used their pipes to transform themselves into the Spirit world and communicate with the Spirits.
Estimated appraised sale value for this ancient Shaman's Wolf-Eel Pipe with provenance to Bainbridge Island, WA, is $125,000--$150,000.
The Spirit World, by the Editors of Time Life, 1992, pgs. 36-42.
Spirit Faces: Contemporary Masks of the Northwest Coast, by Gary Wyatt, 1998.
The Coppers of the Northwest Coast Indians: Their Origin ..., Volume 79, Carol F. Jopling, pgs. 117—119.
Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols, Cheryl Shearar,
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